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Earth's history could be used to spot plant life on alien worlds

Earth’s natural history may now serve as a guide for astronomers to spot exoplanets. About 500 million years ago, this planet had a different light signature due to the dominance of moss. About 300 million years ago, ferns dominated and mature plant forms rule today – strengthening our planet’s light signature (Jack O’Malley-James/Wendy Kenigsberg/Brand Communications). Earth’s history could be useful ...

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Twitter carrying out 'concerted attack' on free speech, feminists claim

A 3D-printed Twitter logo is seen through broken glass, in this picture illustration taken February 8, 2016. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration) Fair Play for Women, a self-described “group of ordinary women” who say they are concerned their voices will not be heard when it comes to transgender laws, have accused Twitter of making a “concerted attack on women’s free speech.” In a ...

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Giant extinct bat burrowing bat fossil discovered in New Zealand

An artist’s impression of a New Zealand burrowing bat, Mystacina robusta, that went extinct last century. The new fossil find, Vulcanops jennyworthyae, that lived millions of years ago in New Zealand, is an ancient relative of burrowing or short-tailed bats. (CREDIT: Illustration by Gavin Mouldey.) Fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat, which lived on New Zealand between 16 and ...

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Twitter tests expanding character limit to 280, up from 140

Twitter announced that it would be testing a new feature “with a small group” that would let them send tweets of up to 280 characters, double the current amount. “We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted ...

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